# 4x4x4 written tutorial

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How to solve a 4x4x4

in seven simple steps

Step 1: buy a good cube

There are many cubes around that simply are not up to standard; if your cube cannot turn a face 90° with one flick then it is not up to standard.

Buying a better cube is an important step if your cube is not up to standard as using a bad cube will be detrimental to your future speed.

Warning: solving a 4x4x4 requires knowledge of how to solve a 3x3x3; if you do not know how to solve a 3x3x3 then you should learn that first.

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Step 2: learn the notation

You should already know the following notation:

If you do not, then learn it.

You now need to also learn this notation:

Step 3: solve the centres

Part one: solve the first two centres

This step is easy and does not require instruction, your second centre should be opposite your first centre

Part two: solve the next four centres

Hold the cube with the first two centres to your left and right and form half a centre as shown, repeat this sort of idea until you have all six centres solved

Here are a few cases that you should learn:

Step 4: solve the edges

Match an edge up and then insert it into the bottom/top layer and then correct the centres

When you are pairing your last two edges do this algorithm in the position shown

Step 5: solve it like a 3x3x3

You were warned; if you can solve a 3x3x3 then this step should be very easy.

Step 6: parity

If you get this case when orienting the last layer, do this:

Likewise, if you get this case when permuting the last layer (where only two opposite edges are swapped, do this:

What next?

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